For the Left it means sanctuary from inconvenient laws. Nevertheless, the House has passed two bills aimed at eliminating such sanctuary by reducing the ability of local cities and counties to give sanctuary to illegal aliens. One such is the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, which looks to persuade—notice that: not force, as many on the Left insist it does—locals to hold folks in jail who’ve already been arrested by locals for local violations for up to 48 hours in response to an ICE detainer. Kate Steinle was murdered by an illegal alien who had just been released—deliberately in contradiction of an ICE request. Opponents, though, insist that
cooperation [with ICE] would undermine trust in law enforcement in immigrant communities….
This is just cynical: requiring that laws be obeyed (NSCA, after all, only requires existing procedure be followed) undermines respect for law and law enforcement. Sure.
The other bill, “Kate’s Law,” for the unfortunate Ms Steinle, whose murderer was a five-times deported and reentered illegally alien, would successively increase the price of repeatedly illegally reentering the US after deportation. The protests from the Progressive-Democrats in Congress are just as loud and foolish on this one.
It’s stupid, it has nothing to do with the criminal act that was done against Kate Steinle, which was a terrible thing[.]
Except that it has everything to do with that “terrible thing.” Had the law been in effect at the time, it’s possible—likely, even—that Steinle’s multiply-deported and reentered murderer would have been in jail at time and Steinle would be alive today. Of course, maybe not, too, but as the Progressive-Democrats are wont to say, “If it saves just one life….”